When To Worry About Your Child's Worries?
|When To Worry About Your Child's Worries|
Carmel Academy's PALS Learning Center presents a two-part series about anxiety in children. The series begins with a film screening of the documentary "Angst: Breaking The Stigma of Anxiety" on Monday, November 27 at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the film, led by Carmel's Director of Guidance Dr. Jeff Kilstein. The series will continue on Monday, December 11 at 7 p.m. with "When To Worry About Your Child's Worries" A presentation and Q&A with Dr. Regine Galanti, an expert on anxiety in children and adolescents. Both programs will take place at Carmel Academy.
|CA Students Create Dale Chihuly-Inspired Art Installation |
When Carmel Academy's art teacher Lori Amer visited the breathtaking Dale Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden last spring, she immediately knew that she had to bring the magic of the groundbreaking artist back to her students.
Amer did just that, with a school-wide, Chihuly-inspired art installation that was displayed in Carmel Academy's Sukkah.
"Chihuly is such an approachable artist," Amer said of the world-renowned glass sculptor. "Many of my students have seen his works both in New York and in Jerusalem. He really dared to change this style of art, which has been around for thousands of years. He transformed the style from something more functional to something unique."
After learning about the artist — his life, his unusual works and his trailblazing techniques - the entire student body came together to create their own Chihuly-inspired art using recycled plastic, acrylic paint and permanent markers. The colorful pieces were then assembled in Chihuly-like chandeliers and hung in the Sukkah.
|Carmel Academy Names Yael Slonim to New Chief Operating Officer Position|
Carmel Academy has named veteran administrator and operations specialist Yael Slonim as its Chief Operating Officer, a new leadership position created to support the school's growth. Yael, who joined the school's leadership team on November 6th, comes to Carmel Academy after a 17-year career in hospital administration with expertise in operations, finance, human resources, regulatory compliance and program development. She was appointed after a nationwide search supported by a committee of Carmel Academy Trustees, volunteer and staff leadership.
|CA Offers A Pilot Friendship Circle Course To Middle School Students|
On a recent afternoon, a group of Carmel Academy Middle School students sat in a circle, gently holding clementines. Chana Hellinger had just handed out the sweet fruit and asked each student to describe what they held in their hands.
One student said "bumpy"; another said "smooth." One student said the small orange smelled sweet and another said it had some nicks in the skin. Once each student had described their small orange, Hellinger asked the students to peel the clementine and squeeze the inner flesh into a cup. The end result was a small cup of juice.
"Just like these clementines we all look different, but at the end of the day the juice that comes out is the same. We all may be different, but we all have same insides, the same heart and soul," said Hellinger, who works as a coordinator for The Friendship Circle, an organization that brings special needs and typical youth together through shared experiences.
Hellinger visits Carmel Academy each week to teach an elective Middle School Friendship Circle course. She has taught a similar class to high school students in Fairfield, and is piloting the class in a middle school setting at Carmel.
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